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  • Compelling . . . as engaging a read as Stalingrad and Berlin

  • Fascinating. An intricate, gracefully told and often moving social history of a talented family in times of revolution, civil war, dictatorship and world conflict

    Rachel Polonsky, New Statesman
  • A fascinating spy story, a delicious entertainment, a compelling investigation

    Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Evening Standard
  • An extraordinary drama of exile and espionage

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • Beevor uses the story to evoke a world - the vague ideological borderlands of Nazism and Communism

    Felipe Fernández-Armesto, The Times
  • Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes

    Eliot A. Cohen, New York Times
  • A true story that is dramatic, evocative, and well worth unearthing


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